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THe United Arab Emirates is a modern and dynamic country. To some, it is an advanced and clean country, to others a touristy "Disneyland". It is a country rich in history and culture and an easy starting point for travels in the Middle East.
Citizens of most western countries will receive a 30 day visa on arrival into the UAE.
The main airport is in Dubai. Emirates are based here. Abu Dhabi is the next biggest airport, where Etihad fly from. There is also an airport at Sharjah. Many low cost airlines fly from here to airports in the Middle East and India.
Apart from Dubai, public transport in the UAE leaves a lot to be desired and it can be difficult to get around. Many people use taxis.
To drive here you will need to be 18 with an international driver’s license. Car rentals are cheap enough here and the cost of petrol is also quite low. Drivers can be aggressive here so be careful.
General medical care is quite good. There are many 24 hour clinics as well as modern well equipped hospitals.
Water is safe to drink and standards in food are high.
Heat in the summer can reach as high as 50 degrees Celsius. Stay indoors during the middle of the day and drink lots of water.
The crime rate is quite low but use common sense at all times.
Be very careful with drugs such as codeine. This is illegal here and you could face fines and jail time if found with it. Try not to bring in any medication if you don’t need it and if you do always have your prescription.
For more tips on staying safe, visit our security section.
For travel tips on packing, camping, flying and much more, visit our travel tips section.
To work in the UAE you will need a residence visa, labour card and a health card. If you have a degree it should not be too difficult to acquire these.
Although wages aren’t much higher than other parts of the world, the attraction is that there is no income tax on your wages and if you work for two years you will get a lump sum of 15% on departure. However Dubai is a very expensive place to live. Although many people move here to work few actually settle here in the long term as it is not an easy country to integrate with the locals. It can be a fantastic place to live however, with great weather, food and plenty to do.
Visit www.workingabroad.net for more information on work visas.
The UAE is a federation of 7 Emirates (states ruled by a monarchy) at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.
There is no personal income tax payable which makes it a very attractive destination for young professionals.
Only non-Muslims are allowed to consume alcohol and this must be in licensed restaurants, clubs and pubs.
The UAE is only 5 hours from Europe.
It has the largest immigrant population in the world.